They may seem like an unlikely pair, but Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have proved that they are perfectly compatible when it comes to music. "There might be 60 years between me and Tony, but there's no distance between us when we sing jazz," Mother Monster, 28, said of her legendary counterpart, who is about to turn 88. The admiration goes both ways, as she says Bennett is very much the gentleman. "He calls me 'Lady,' and when I walk in the room, he stands up and so do all his friends." It is this kind of respect and mutual love for Jazz (Gaga was introduced to Bennett's music at age 13 when she began singing) that make the unique friends such perfect collaborators to one another.
That friendship was forged when the two recorded a duet together for Lady is a Tramp in 2011; that led to the idea for a full length album, which Gaga reportedly approached Bennett with sometime in 2012. That idea is now about to be real with the release of their record Cheek to Cheek, a vibrant collection of classical jazz material. Recorded between Gaga's Artpop album and subsequent world tour, the highly anticipated record promises to be a delightful reminder of an age gone by. Those who know the pop artist well know that she has a gift for jazz especially, something that Bennett described as "uninhibited and talented...a wonderful talent of knowing how to improvise very well. She's really a great American singer." As for Gaga, she says it's all about bringing back that era of elegance and classical musicianship. "It's really of another time, and I hope with this music we can bring back that sentiment of love, kindness and joy that I'm getting to experience working with him every day. I just want to spread that around the world."
Gaga and Bennett just finished filming a special in New York called 'Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!' which is set to premier on October 24th. The album releases September 23rd. The first single, Anything Goes, is out today on iTunes.